December 6 Vigil – CFUW Southport

December 6 Vigil – CFUW Southport

On the 29th anniversary of the massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique, Southport hosted our 28th Vigil Against Violence Against Women to remember the 14 women killed in Montreal plus all women living with violence.

This year as well, we remembered Maisy Odjick, one of 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Maisy disappeared 10 years ago from her home near Maniwaki but she had previously lived for three years in Saugeen First Nations and attended school locally. She was due to begin secondary school when she disappeared. Maisy’s grandfather, former Saugeen Chief Vernon Roote, spoke about her to the attendees.

We have been pleased to include secondary school art students in our Vigil for the past few years. Attached are the posters designed by the art club to promote the Vigil in all the businesses and organizations in town.

This year as well, the drama students joined us to perform a powerful poem about toxic relationships,consent and manipulation. The youtube video they drew from is called”Exes” and can be seen here.

We had a great deal of media exposure both before and at the Vigil itself. Attached is a photo ofPast-President Cheryl Kryzanwsky with our local radio hosts at 98 The Beach. The newspaper reports have not been filed yet but will be posted to our Facebook as they become available.

However, one attendee snapped the photo of the moment when we named all the young women who were killed plus, Maisy. It was a solemn time.

The whole week was a hard one. We lost three people associated with CFUW members either as partners or family but of course the hardest for most of us was the loss of Carolyn Day. December 7 is her funeral and we will celebrate her life. And as you might expect, she has asked that donations in her name be made to our Scholarship Fund which can be accessed via Cathy Spence at cr.spence@gmail.com.